The love between a human and a Morgon, the dragon-hybrid race, tempts fate once more…
All her life, Ella Barrow has allowed others to make her decisions. Forced to stifle her artistic talents and stay in a loveless relationship with Clayton Kerrington, the man her mother believes to be her perfect match, Ella’s life may be safe—but it’s not her own. Paxon Nightwing, on the other hand, is anything but the safe choice.
A charming and alluring Morgon, Paxon sees Ella for the woman she truly is. His bold confidence and protective nature ignites a passion she’s never felt before. But a dark family tragedy forces their secrecy—until Clayton makes it impossible to hide their clandestine affair. Will Ella be strong enough to fight for herself at last? Or will she succumb once more and risk losing the only man she’s ever loved?
Worldbuilding: Awesome worldbuilding, I love, love, love Juliette Cross’s Morgon concept, the dragon-like nature of these winged amazeballs creatures, their fierceness, strength, devotion… yummy world!
Characters: Ella was a character I got and felt for, but didn’t identify with. She felt a bit like an uptight prude at times, I dunno. Plus she’s a virgin. I don’t generally see the appeal of that trope, the whole “waiting for that special guy” thing, especially the “my and only” thing…meh. Those tropes tend to imply sweet romance stories, which I personally don’t find that appealing, I confess. It’s tortured, convoluted, angsty romance I like, lol. Evil reader here, always bear in mind. That being said, I was invested in her HEA, and I was glad for her when she finally stood up for herself and made her decisions based on her own wants, needs, desires.
Paxon was the alpha goodness one would expect from a Morgon, charismatic, deliciously hot… the whole package for sure. I loved how tender and sweet he was with Ella, how careful he was with her at every step of the way.
They had good chemistry, and I loved them together, though I can’t say there was that much hotness involved since the MC telling the story is a bit of a prude, if you ask me, lol. But they were good together.
Plot: The romance arc was lovely, virgin trope, good girl / bad boy flavor, sweet romance, and there wasn’t much else going on story-wise. In that regard, I like her Vale of Stars series, if the first is telling about the whole series, since there seem to be other story elements aside the romance. I mean romance is good, but by itself, it’s not so much my thing maybe. Combined with other elements, say suspense, or mystery, or thriller, now that works wonders for me.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Ella’s POV. To me, it was an interesting experience because Ella is such a different personality to mine, so I enjoyed experiencing this world from her eyes. Definitely fun.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, but the Morgon concept had me sold on this already, so it’s impulsive buy material for sure.
It was more of a 3.5 butterflies than a full 4, I think. Mainly because I so loved the dynamics of the couple and I would have loved more of them as a pair, somehow. That’s the problem with readers who love your concept and characters, lol! They won’t ever have enough of them, basically. But it was a satifying and entertaining read, and I recommend the Nightwing series, and the Vale of Stars series as well, from which I’ve read the first a while back.
So if you’re a romance lover, read the Nightwing series, it’s totally worth your time because it has awesome worldbuilding and good writing that will have you enjoy the story even when you don’t necessarily love the main couple. If you want more than romance, I totally recommend Vale of Stars from which I read Waking the Dragon. Whatever your thing is, Juliette Cross is for sure an author worth your time!